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Hey Kids! Comics! Building Books Better

 Tom Gauld comic Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for November 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   American Comics: A History    Pearls Awaits the Tide    Graphic Witness (second edition, expanded)   Rubes Twisted Pop Culture […]

Posted on: Nov 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Building Books Better

Reuben Weekend – NCS Divisional Award Winners 3

The National Cartoonists Society announced the winners of the final Divisional Awards for 2020 Saturday evening. The nominees and the winners of those categories are below. Nominees for Comic Books  And the winner is… Walter Simonson     Nominees for Graphic Novels And the winner is… Jared Cullum     Nominees for Book Illustration And […]

Posted on: Oct 16, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Magazine cartoons, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Comments: Comments Off on Reuben Weekend – NCS Divisional Award Winners 3

Texas Schools Cancel Jerry Craft Because CRT

Author/cartoonist Jerry Craft‘s books were banned at the end of Banned Books Week from the Katy Independent School District after parents signed a petition to cancel a Zoom event with Jerry. The petition, which had 444 signatures as of Friday morning, reads: “Author Jerry Craft is scheduled to have a Zoom call with elementary aged […]

Posted on: Oct 5, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Controversies, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Texas Schools Cancel Jerry Craft Because CRT

Russ Kick – RIP

“Rogue transparency activist” and comics editor Russ Kick has passed away. Russell Charles (Russ) Kick III July 20, 1969 – September 12, 2021 From The Washington Post obituary: Russ Kick, a writer, editor and self-described “rogue transparency activist” who pried loose government records, using Freedom of Information Act requests to obtain overlooked documents and peek […]

Posted on: Sep 30, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Obituary, Comments: Comments Off on Russ Kick – RIP

Hey Kids! Comics! Harvest Those Bookshelves

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for September 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Empire’s Nursery   The Strange Death of Alex Raymond   You Can’t Do Business (or Most Anything Else) Without Yiddish   Britain’s Best […]

Posted on: Sep 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Harvest Those Bookshelves

Comic Books by Maria Scrivan and Stephan Pastis

Greenwich Time has a brief item about local cartoonist Maria Scrivan: A new book from Greenwich native and author/cartoonist Maria Scrivan called “Absolutely Nat” will be available on Sept. 21. The book, inspired by her childhood growing up in Greenwich and attending Central Middle School, is her third middle grade graphic novel for Scholastic. Her […]

Posted on: Sep 4, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Comic Books by Maria Scrivan and Stephan Pastis

Hey Kids! Comics! Free Comic Book Day is Over

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for August 2021 release.Images and links (mostly) via Amazon,though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea.   Birth of a Beetle: The Magazine Cartoons of Mort Walker   Comic Book Artist Bullpen   Trubble Town   Red Lines   Big […]

Posted on: Aug 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Children's Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Novels, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! Free Comic Book Day is Over

75th Annual NCS Divisional Award Nominees part 2

The National Cartoonists Society has announced the second round of nominees for their 75th Annual Divisional Reuben Awards for work in 2020. (Earlier nominees announced here.) MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER ILLUSTRATION: Tom Chitty; Peter Kuper; Bob Lizarraga ADVERTISING/PRODUCT ILLUSTRATION: Chad Frye; Pat Higgins; Luke McGarry;                                                                   Patrick Merrell; Dave Whammond COMIC BOOKS: Brahm Revel; Stan Sakai; Walter Simonson […]

Posted on: Aug 6, 2021,  Section: Animation, Awards, Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Greeting Cards, Illustration, National Cartoonist Society, NCSFest, Reuben, Television, Comments: 2 Comments

Lost and Found Dept. (Rediscovered Comics)

Comics Beat has a fascinating article on the recent San Diego Comic-Con panel “Graphic Novels: Lost and Found.” Panelists Gary Groth, Shannon Wheeler, Sean Michael Robinson, and Carson Grubaugh gathered virtually with moderator Rob Salkowitz to discuss their participation in stewarding these now “found” graphic novels to publication. In two cases, the modern creators actually […]

Posted on: Jul 25, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic Books, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: 3 Comments

2021 Eisner Award Winners

The winners of the 2021 Eisner Awards were announced Friday night at the San Diego Comic-Con. A mostly comic book affair here are the winners in some categories we regularly cover here at TDC. Best Reality-Based Work WINNER: Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, by Derf Backderf (Abrams) Big Black: Stand at Attica, by Frank “Big […]

Posted on: Jul 23, 2021,  Section: Awards, Books, Comic Books, Comic history, Comic strips, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on 2021 Eisner Award Winners

Fire in the Sky – A Brian Fies interview

Brian Fies is a cartoonist from Santa Rosa, California. On October 9, 2017 wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 6,200 homes and 8,900 structures were destroyed. He wrote an 18-page webcomic to describe and deal with the fire and the losses it brought to his family and community. Fies later […]

Posted on: Jul 22, 2021,  Section: Books, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Comments: 1 Comment

Will McPhail Answers Questions

Magazine cartoonist Will McPhail has a new book out and is making the rounds. Which was scarier? Sending your first cartoon to the New Yorker or sitting down to work on your debut graphic novel? Definitely The New Yorker. I had no idea that I was supposed to be scared of doing the graphic novel […]

Posted on: Jun 22, 2021,  Section: Books, Cartoonist, Graphic Novels, Interviews, Magazine cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Will McPhail Answers Questions

The Beat Previews Will McPhail’s IN

IN: A Graphic Novel, the debut book from New Yorker cartoonist Will McPhail, will be published by HMH Books & Media on June 8. The semi-autobiographical graphic novel follows Nick, an apparently aimless 20-something illustrator whose daily routine involves café-hopping in New York City and wondering where meaningful conversations have disappeared to. © Will McPhail […]

Posted on: May 4, 2021,  Section: Books, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on The Beat Previews Will McPhail’s IN

2020 NCS Reuben Award Nominees Announced

The National Cartoonists Society has announced the nominees for their Cartoonist of the Year Award for 2020; the award is more familiarly known as The Reuben Award. Alphabetically… Ray Billingsley would be the first African American to win The Reuben. Bill Griffith would be the first underground cartoonist to win The Reuben. Terri Libenson would […]

Posted on: Mar 29, 2021,  Section: Comic strips, Graphic Novels, National Cartoonist Society, Reuben, Comments: 2 Comments

Hey Kids! Comics! An Extra Hour of Reading(?)

Below are some comic strip and cartoon books scheduled for March 2021 release. Images and links (mostly) via Amazon, though ordering through your local comic or independent book store is a good idea. Big Nate: In Your Face!   “It’s True. I Never Liked The Guy.”  review   Wicked Epic Adventures   Should I Pee […]

Posted on: Mar 15, 2021,  Section: Books, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Graphic Journalism, Graphic Novels, Comments: Comments Off on Hey Kids! Comics! An Extra Hour of Reading(?)